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Nothing Bundt Cake: Why this sweet food is on the rise

Alethea MacPhail

I’ll say first that this blog post is being written very late at night, but personally I feel that I write best at ridiculous hours of the day/night as appropriate. With tea and cake as appropriate/as supplies allow at the time.

Now, cake!

What I’m known for, besides doing ridiculous things to cells, wearing 50s clothes and making wonderful puns. I am extremely biased, but I truly feel there isn’t much cake cannot solve. I’ll use a quote here (another of my hobby horses – when you see me, ask about the 8 going on 9 quote notebooks I have) to demonstrate this idea:

“Always remember that, nine times out of ten, you probably aren’t having a full-on nervous breakdown – you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit. You’d be amazed how easily and repeatedly you can confuse the two. Get a big biscuit tin.” – Caitlin Moran.

It’s a well-known fact humans are social animals, and always feel better when talking to others. They also need a fair amount of food to get them through any given day. Cake achieves both these objectives in one easy to digest slice. Whether it’s everyone’s favourite caterpillar cake, or a fancy lemon drizzle, it gives us a reason to ask that friend over for a chat we’ve been putting off. (If like me you’re too socially anxious to do it for any other reason). I feel, for myself anyway, that it’s also a thing to feel proud of and gives me something I can safely say I’m good at. An author I am fond of puts this idea across well:

“Mma Ramotswe sighed. ‘We are all tempted, Mma. We are all tempted when it comes to cake.'

That is true,' said Mma Potokwane sadly. 'There are many temptations in this life, but cake is probably one of the biggest of them.” 
― Alexander McCall SmithIn the Company of Cheerful Ladies.


Baking the stuff is also great family or friend bonding. I know that during my childhood, from when I was tall enough to “help” (by that, I mean stir the mixture and then lick the bowl afterwards), every weekend was spent baking with my mum and sister. My gran and other family humans would also help if they were visiting, or make an excuse to visit if they knew cake would be present. (You’d be surprised how magnetic raspberry fudge cake can be). You should also all know that really beating resilient butter into sugar is surprisingly good for a form of stress relief – as is finally getting very stiff biscuit dough to turn into pliable material for biscuit making.

Put simply, human loneliness is not at all ideal, and we need to do all we can to combat it.

This is why you should keep all available ears and eyes out for any events we post here at Populus.

From our Surprise Coffee Date to cinema and breakfast events, I promise I’ll do my best to make them all choc-full of cake (where appropriate). These are not extravagant events by any means, but they will go a long way to making someone’s journey to St. Andrews that bit less reliant on a screen, and all the more on meeting lovely new friends and finding the courage to ask for that help they’ve always been too scared to ask for.

And, I feel I have to end on a quote here which I feel is appropriate to this topic. And to those who know me well, I apologise for the lack of puns. They will appear in abundance in my next bit of writing I assure you.

Happy whatever-day-this-gets-published! 

“You've got this life and while you've got it, you'd better kiss like you only have one moment, try to hold someone's hand like you will never get another chance to, look into people's eyes like they're the last you'll ever see, watch someone sleeping like there's no time left, jump if you feel like jumping, run if you feel like running, play music in your head when there is none, and eat cake like it's the only one left in the world!” 
C. JoyBell C.

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